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6 Ways You Can Participate in National Foster a Pet Month
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6 Ways You Can Participate in National Foster a Pet Month

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 months ago

The month of June is recognized as National Foster a Pet Month. This month is dedicated to creating awareness and encouraging more people to foster pets.

Fosters are the unsung heroes of the pet adoption world. They make it possible for shelters and rescues to help more animals and they also care for and prepare pets for lives in loving forever homes. If less than 2% of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet each year, they could help eliminate preventable pet euthanasia6

Foster parents voluntarily bring pets into their homes temporarily until the pets get permanent, loving homes. 

If you have considered fostering a pet, now is a great chance to do so. There are many ways to get involved this month and save lives. Here are a few suggestions you can consider to participate in National Foster a Pet Month:

Foster a pet

Shelters and rescue organizations throughout the nation need foster families to help socialize and temporarily home the animals in their care. Fostering a pet is an inspiring opportunity to give love to an animal while teaching it the basic house manners to make it easier for that pet to get adopted7.  By fostering a pet, you also help free up space in shelters so they can take in more animals in need.

The shelters and animals are not the only ones who benefit from fostering an animal who is waiting to be adopted.  Fostering can provide you with:

  • A good educational opportunity for you and your family
  • The chance to see an animal’s fun-loving personality come out
  • A positive sense of giving back to others
  • Valuable knowledge about a shelter animal that is crucial to help matching the pet with the best forever home8   
  • Experience caring for a pet so you know if adopting a dog or cat is right for you
  • Unconditional love and a lot of fun

If this experience sounds right for you, contact shelters or rescues in your area and ask how you can become a foster parent.

Get social

Fostering a pet isn’t the only way you can get involved with National Foster a Pet Month. If you don’t have space or time to devote to an animal, consider using social media to encourage others to get involved this month.

Consider sharing a story or picture about an animal that has made a difference in your life.  You can also check your local shelter’s website and share the adoptable dogs and cats that are waiting for their forever homes.

Ask your local shelter or rescue if you can speak to a foster parent to see if they would be willing to let you tell a bit about their story on social media. It may be the inspiration others need to get involved in fostering!

Become informed about animal-related issues

The best way to contribute to a better future for all animals is to become informed about animal-related issues9. Consider taking some time to share this information with your friends, family, and  neighbors this month.

If you are fostering a pet, consider watching some videos or webinars that share information on how to spread the word about your foster pet looking for a forever home. A little extra effort like this can go a long way in helping your foster pet get the right permanent home.

Volunteer at an animal shelter

Shelters rely primarily on volunteers and donations, so they are always in need of help. There are many reasons to consider volunteering at a shelter or rescue10. Not only will you be helping out animals in need, you just may be improving your health. Studies have indicated that people who work with animals experience several health benefits, such as:           

  • Lower stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Decreased depression11

Contact your local shelter

Even if your schedule does not permit you to volunteer regularly, get in touch with your local shelter and ask how you can help them. 

Maybe there is a project you can work on remotely, such as typing up name tags for each cat house. You can also stop in and get to know the shelter’s adoptable pets and see if you know any excellent matches who are looking for pets. Or consider following your local shelter on social media and share their posts and events to help spread the word and raise awareness.


Shelters and rescues always need donations to buy the items it takes to house large numbers of animals. You can consider donating money or you can also go online to a shelter’s website, where each shelter usually posts a “wishlist,” detailing the items it needs. 

If you have pet items that you no longer want, such as crates, unopened food, old towels, unused toys, cleaned pet dishes, and other items in good condition, consider donating those as well.

Regardless how you celebrate National Foster a Pet Month, remember this month is dedicated to creating awareness and encouraging more people to foster pets.

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”) is the insurance carrier for this product. IAIC, a Delaware insurance company, is headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC to offer and administer pet insurance policies. This entity was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an assumed name and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other assumed names or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions. 

2Provided all terms of the policy are met. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.







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